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Eduardo Alfonso Takes Helm of Pan American Association of Ophthalmology

Eduardo Alfonso

Eduardo C. Alfonso

Eduardo C. Alfonso, chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, was recently installed as president of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at its 31st congress in Bogotá, Colombia. With members in more than 35 Western Hemisphere countries, the PAAO’s mission is to provide continuing education, prevent blindness, and promote scientific and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists.

“It is an honor to become president of the PAAO,” Alfonso told the 3,200 physicians attending the congress. “Bascom Palmer and PAAO have worked closely together for decades to educate and bring together medical professionals from around the globe to exchange information with other ophthalmologists and to share fresh ideas and approaches to patient care.”

At this year’s congress, Bascom Palmer, which last month was ranked the nation’s best in ophthalmology for the 12th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report, organized the BPEI Symposium to discuss special clinical cases with Bascom Palmer alumni, former trainees, faculty, and observers from Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 300 doctors attended the symposium, during which Bascom Palmer faculty presented challenging ophthalmic cases in cornea, retina, glaucoma, and pediatric ophthalmology using an interactive case-based approach.

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Jean-Pierre Bardet Named Dean of Engineering

UM News

BardetCORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 6, 2015)—A distinguished civil engineering professor who served as dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and now heads its Urban Water Institute has been named dean of the University of Miami’s College of Engineering (CoE). Jean-Pierre Bardet will join the University of Miami on August 15.

Bardet replaces James M. Tien, who has served as dean of the CoE since 2007 and is stepping down to join the faculty.

“UM has experienced an incredible ascent as an institution,” Bardet said. “Miami as a gateway to the Americas poses great opportunities for greater collaborations with students and academic institutions in the region. UM is a great place to be and it is the right time to be here.”

“UM has experienced an incredible ascent as an institution,” Bardet said. “Miami as a gateway to the Americas poses great opportunities for greater collaborations with students and academic institutions in the region. UM is a great place to be and it is the right time to be here.”

Bardet also sees great opportunities in working closely with other UM schools on interdisciplinary projects to create “a nexus of engineering and other disciplines.”

Educated in engineering in Lyon, France, Bardet received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. He worked at the University of Southern California for 28 years as a professor. There he founded the Center on Megacities, a multidisciplinary center to prepare and sustain the world’s largest cities for the future. He also served as chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which was named after a $17 million gift from a real estate developer.

Most recently, Bardet served as the director of the Urban Water Institute at UTA, a center with a mission to transform the water-related challenges of North Texas into opportunities by innovating sustainable solutions that affect the economy, people, and environment. He sees the work he has done at the institute as being very relevant to Miami water issues.

Bardet’s professional interests range from earthquake engineering and tsunamis to geomechanics, civil infrastructure systems, and megacities.

“I am delighted to welcome Jean-Pierre Bardet to the University of Miami to lead one of our institutional pillars of excellence,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “His extensive experience in engineering, academic administration, and community building will help to engage our students, faculty, and external partners in transformational learning and research with real-world applications.”

During his tenure as dean of the UTA College of Engineering, the college reached an all-time high enrollment, a record number of research expenditures, and the best year for fundraising. He also established strategic partnerships with chambers of commerce and various local industries.

“Jean-Pierre Bardet is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “He understands and appreciates the important role engineering plays in the modern economy, the need for collaboration across disciplines to solve critical problems, and the importance of engineering education to the future of our globe. He is well poised to bring the UM College of Engineering to its next level of excellence.”

A UM search committee, led by Denis Hector, UM School of Architecture associate professor and associate dean, conducted the national search for the dean of engineering position.

Bardet has been widely published in scientific journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has authored or co-authored six books, including a textbook called Experimental Soil Mechanics. He has received numerous awards, including some from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering Science and Technology, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Science Foundation.

Bardet is relocating to Miami with his wife, Olga, and their four-year-old daughter, Katherine.

The UM CoE offers accredited B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The college also offers M.S./Ph.D. degrees in architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and ocean engineering.

“UM has experienced an incredible ascent as an institution,” Bardet said. “Miami as a gateway to the Americas poses great opportunities for greater collaborations with students and academic institutions in the region. UM is a great place to be and it is the right time to be here.”

Bardet also sees great opportunities in working closely with other UM schools on interdisciplinary projects to create “a nexus of engineering and other disciplines.”

Educated in engineering in Lyon, France, Bardet received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology. He worked at the University of Southern California for 28 years as a professor. There he founded the Center on Megacities, a multidisciplinary center to prepare and sustain the world’s largest cities for the future. He also served as chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which was named after a $17 million gift from a real estate developer.

Most recently, Bardet served as the director of the Urban Water Institute at UTA, a center with a mission to transform the water-related challenges of North Texas into opportunities by innovating sustainable solutions that affect the economy, people, and environment. He sees the work he has done at the institute as being very relevant to Miami water issues.

Bardet’s professional interests range from earthquake engineering and tsunamis to geomechanics, civil infrastructure systems, and megacities.

“I am delighted to welcome Jean-Pierre Bardet to the University of Miami to lead one of our institutional pillars of excellence,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “His extensive experience in engineering, academic administration, and community building will help to engage our students, faculty, and external partners in transformational learning and research with real-world applications.”

During his tenure as dean of the UTA College of Engineering, the college reached an all-time high enrollment, a record number of research expenditures, and the best year for fundraising. He also established strategic partnerships with chambers of commerce and various local industries.

“Jean-Pierre Bardet is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “He understands and appreciates the important role engineering plays in the modern economy, the need for collaboration across disciplines to solve critical problems, and the importance of engineering education to the future of our globe. He is well poised to bring the UM College of Engineering to its next level of excellence.”

A UM search committee, led by Denis Hector, UM School of Architecture associate professor and associate dean, conducted the national search for the dean of engineering position.

Bardet has been widely published in scientific journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. He has authored or co-authored six books, including a textbook called Experimental Soil Mechanics. He has received numerous awards, including some from the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering Science and Technology, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Science Foundation.

Bardet is relocating to Miami with his wife, Olga, and their four-year-old daughter, Katherine.

The UM CoE offers accredited B.S. degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. The college also offers M.S./Ph.D. degrees in architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and ocean engineering.

 

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Felicia Knaul, Leader in Global Health and Social Policy, Appointed to Faculty

UM News

Felicia Knaul

Felicia Knaul

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 6, 2015) – The University of Miami welcomes international health economist and expert in Latin American health systems and social sectors Felicia Knaul, Ph.D., to the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences beginning August 16.

Knaul will serve as a tenured professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School in Miami’s Health District. At the Coral Gables campus, Knaul will serve as director of the Miami Institute for the Americas (MIA), which will focus on policy analysis in all sectors including the humanities, the arts, and social and economic development. Read the full story

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Rudy Fernandez Elected to United Way Board

Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez

Rodolfo “Rudy” Fernandez, the University’s vice president for government and community relations, has been elected to the executive committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade, where he joins other community and corporate leaders charged with advancing the organization’s mission of building community by helping people care for one another.

Also elected to the executive committee during the United Way’s June 30 annual meeting was Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of the Jackson Health System.

Fernandez, who joined the University in 2007, previously served as special assistant to the president in the George W. Bush White House and held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Bush-Cheney 2004 Campaign, and the Republican National Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

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Professor Named to Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers

Special to UM News

Laura Guiliano

Laura Giuliano

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 2, 2015)—Laura Giuliano, an associate professor of economics in the School of Business Administration, has been appointed to the staff of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. Giuliano will serve one term as senior economist for labor and education beginning at the end of August.

The council, which consists of the chair and two senior members, offers the president expert economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. It bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to advise the president. The council is supported by up to 10 senior economists—each of whom works on different major areas of the economy.

Giuliano’s duties will include helping to prepare daily and monthly briefings for President Obama and council members and contributing to the annual Economic Report of the President. One regular task will be to help interpret the “jobs report” that is published each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“As a senior economist for labor and education, I will provide economic analysis on a wide range of issues involving labor market policy, such as the minimum wage and overtime compensation, as well as issues related to anti-poverty programs, education, and work/family policy,” said Giuliano. “I will also work with other parts of the White House, the Department of Labor and the Department of Education.”

Giuliano has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California—Berkeley, a master’s in international relations from Yale University, and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Virginia. She has been with the University of Miami  since 2004.

 

 

 

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